Suspect arrested after Good Samaritans stop 2 sexual assaults

TACOMA, Wash. -- A 42-year-old man has been charged with rape and sexually motivated assault after two women -- one a grandmother, the other homeless -- were rescued from his attacks by strangers last weekend in Tacoma, according to probable-cause documents filed Monday with Pierce County Superior Court.

According to those charging documents, a 48-year-old homeless woman was sleeping near South 13th Street and South Yakima Avenue around 10 p.m. Saturday when she was attacked by a man later identified as Vol Lam.

Lam told the victim he wanted to have sex with her and punched her in the face when she said no and screamed for help, according to the charging documents.

Hearing the victim's continued struggle and screams for help, a passerby stopped and called 911, scaring off the victim's attacker.

A short while later, police were called to St. Joseph's Hospital to investigate a reported rape.

According to the charging documents, the second victim, a 59-year-old woman, told police she was in the Hilltop area to visit her grandchild when a man approached her and asked if she was lost.

The victim told the man, later identified as Lam, that she wasn't lost, but he grabbed her jacket and told her to come inside his house, according to the charging documents. When she resisted, Lam reportedly physically dragged her toward his home.

According to the charging documents, Lam shoved the victim against and fence and raped her.

A stranger heard the victim's cries for help and told Lam to get away from the victim, according to the charging documents. Lam reportedly told the stranger the victim was his girlfriend, but the stranger punched Lam and walked the victim to the hospital.

Police arrested Lam near South 11th Street and Altheimer Street, two blocks from the first attack. According to the charging documents, he was positively identified by the second victim and matched the description given by the first victim.